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Thirty-Four Athletes to Represent Ontario at 2016 Rio Games

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Thirty-Four Athletes to Represent Ontario at 2016 Rio Games

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TORONTO, ON - On Monday, Athletics Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) nominated the 65 athletes to represent Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, August 5-21, 2016. Over 30 athletes named to the team will represent Ontario at the Olympic Games this summer.

The team was selected after athletes earned their spots at the 2016 Canadian Championships and Rio Selection Trails, which took place July 7-10 at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta.

€œIt’s great to see the sheer depth of this years’ team€ says Kyle Smith, Athlete and Coach Development Coordinator at Athletics Ontario. €œCanada’s really stepping up and becoming one of the top nations to watch at this years’ Olympics. Between pole vault, hurdles, the 4x100M relay teams, mid and long distance runners as well as the decathlon, we’ve fielded one of the most versatile teams to represent Canada and Ontario.€

For two mid-distance runners, Rio will prove to be their second chance at the podium. Nate Brannen competed in the 1500M at the 2012 London Olympics, where he fell during the race to miss his spot in the finals. Hilary Stellingwerff will also be on the hunt to secure her spot on top of the podium for Canada in the Women’s 1500M after placing a disappointing 14th at the 2012 London Olympics.

Ontario At The Games

Ontario athletes representing Canada at the Rio Olympics include:

Kelsie Ahbe Pole Vault Toronto Unattached
Mohammed Ahmed 5000M, 10,000M St. Catharines Niagara Olympic Club
Mobolade Ajomale 4x100M relay Richmond Hill Flying Angels
Shawn Barber Pole Vault Toronto Project Athletics Track and Field Club
Khamica Bingham 4x100M relay Brampton Brampton Track Club
Melissa Bishop 800M Eganville Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club
Nathan Brannen 1500M Cambridge Phoenix Athletics Association
Aaron Brown 100M, 200M, 4x100M relay Toronto Flying Angels
Alicia Brown 400m, 4x400M relay Ottawa University of Toronto Athletics Club
Chanice Chase 400m Hurdles, 4x400M relay Toronto Durham Legion
Reid Coolsaet Marathon Hamilton Speed River Track and Field Club
Brittany Crew Shot Put East York York University Track Club
Andre De Grasse 100M, 200M, 4x100M relay Markham The Speed Academy Athletics Club
Derek Drouin High Jump Corunna Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club
Krista DuChene Marathon Brantford Unattached
Crystal Emmanuel 100M, 200M, 4x100M relay East York Flying Angels
Phylicia George 100M Hurdles, 4x100M relay Markham Flying Angels
Nikkita Holder 100M Hurdles Pickering Flying Angels
Matthew Hughes 3000M Steeplechase Oshawa Unattached
Sekou Kaba 110M Hurdles Ottawa Ottawa Lions
Marissa Kurtimah 4x100M relay Guelph Extreme Velocity
Oluwasegun Makinde 4x100M relay Ottawa Ottawa Lions
Lanni Marchant 10,00M, Marathon London London Western Track and Field Club
Brandon McBride 800M Windsor Windsor Legion Track and Field Club
Taylor Milne 3000M Steeplechase Callander Speed River Track and Field
Noelle Montcalm 400M Hurdles Belle River University of Windsor Athletics Club
Tim Nedow Shot Put Brockville London Western Track and Field Club
Annika Newell Pole Vault Scarborough Project Athletics Track and Field
Alysha Newman Pole Vault London London Western Track and Field Club
Brendon Rodney 200M, 4x100M relay Brampton Hamilton Elite
Anthony Romaniw 800M Hamilton Speed River Track and Field
Andrea Seccafien 5000M Guelph University of Toronto Track and Field
Gabriela Stafford 1500M Toronto University of Toronto Track and Field Club
Damian Warner Decathlon London London Western Track and Field Club

Ontario coaches representing Canada at the Rio Olympics include:

  • Dave Scott Thomas - endurance - Guelph (Speed River TFC)
  • Charles Allen - sprint & hurdles - Brampton (Unattached)
  • Glenroy Gilbert - sprints & relays - Ottawa (Ottawa Lions TFC)
  • Richard Parkinson - throws - Stouffville (York University TFC)

For a complete listing of athletes and coaches named to Team Canada, check Athletics Canada.

2016 Rio Selection Trails Recap

Canada’s fastest man, Andre De Grasse posted a strong performance at the Trials running a sub-10 in the Men’s 100M race with a time of 9.99. Former 4x100M relay teammate, Aaron Brown finished a close second with a time of 10.07.

On the Women’s side, Crystal Emmanuel of the Flying Angels became the talk of circuit as she dominated the women’s 100M race with a staggering time of 11.26. Emmanuel held her title as Canada’s fastest women as she took first in the 200M with a time of 22.83.

Damian Warner of the London Western Track and Field Club will look to add Olympic gold to his resume as he represents Canada in the Men’s Decathlon.

After an impressive season with Mississippi State University, Windsor Legion’s Brandon McBride will dawn the red and white Maple Leaf at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Men’s 800M. McBride posted an impressive a time of 1:45.25, a full second ahead of his competition.

The most talked about performance of the weekend was Brendon Rodney of Hamilton Elite who competed in the Men’s 200M against Toronto’s Aaron Brown and Canadian record holder, Andre De Grasse. Rodney posted a jaw dropping 19.96 to become the second Canadian in history to go sub-20 in the 200M, in what some may consider as less than favourable conditions.

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